Roger A. Allen

Founder and Group CEO of Resources for Leisure Assets (RLA)

Roger A. Allen

Roger is the Founder and Group CEO of Resources for Leisure Assets (RLA), a recognized global advisory to investors, owners, developers and management companies. Specialized in hospitality, leisure, recreation, wellbeing and health tourism related to hotels, resorts, residential, mixed-use, healthcare, active living communities and destinations.

Insights by Roger A. Allen (5)

Why Hotels Can't Ignore the Cannabis Boom

Hotels simply can't afford not taking notice of opportunities in the fast-expanding cannabis market. If we take a closer a look at the facts and figures, they certainly don’t lie.

COVID-19: A stress test for sustainable development in hospitality?

Images of air pollution before and after the coronavirus outbreak have shown the hospitality industry how a drastic change in everyday behaviors can impact the environment. With transport systems and industries ground to a halt, carbon monoxide from cars fell by nearly 50% in New York and carbon emissions in China dropped by 25% in a four-week period.

How can sustainability be communicated beyond clichés and greenwashing?

Communicating sustainability shouldn't be based on being seen doing the right thing, but conceptually echoing policies and initiatives aimed at making a difference at the property level both in terms of the environment and the service.

Who makes hospitality sustainability happen: Governments, Industry, Consumers?

It is clear that over the past 18-months the consumer's voice and opinion has undeniably built a momentum and consensus for widespread sustainability change. Furthermore, in the past few months, the hospitality industry has responded and once a few of the larger international hotel brands announced sustainability initiatives, it was incredible how quickly so many other hotel brands joined what seemed like a procession given the almost daily sustainability announcements from a different brand.

Climate Emergency And The Hospitality Industry: Are We On Track?

Fundamentally and for the most part, economic opportunity and its reward spearhead owner and operator hotel development decision making. Sustainable initiatives are less of a priority compared to economic gain and hence the lack of commitment for a carbon-neutral future.